January 10, 20131st2ndFinal
Cumberland303262
UVA-Wise143852
Stats at a GlanceCU-WWISE
FG Percentage.432 (19-44) .333 (16-48)
3P FG Percentage.500 (5-10) .150 (3-20)
FT Percentage.792 (19-24) .548 (17-31)
Offensive Rebounds611
Defensive Rebounds2823
Total Rebounds3434
Turnovers1715
Steals87
Bench Points2110
LeadersCU-WWISE
PointsDavis - 16
Cluesman - 22
ReboundsAllen - 7
Reasor - 9
Cluesman - 9
AssistsBlue - 3
Tye - 3
Reasor - 3
Lester - 3
StealsAllen - 2
Tye - 2
Poindexter - 3
BlocksElie - 5
Reasor - 1
Cowan, Davis lead CU to win at Wise
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Cowan, Davis lead CU to win at Wise
Casie Cowan scored 15 points and Yalonda Davis added 16 in CU's 62-52 win Thursday at UVA-Wise. (Credit Steve Wampler)

WISE, Va. – Cumberland used a 16-6 run near the end of the game to pull away, as Yalonda Davis scored 16 points and Casie Cowan netted 15 in a 62-52 victory over UVA-Wise here Thursday night here at the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

The Bulldogs (15-1, 6-1 Mid-South) struggled mightily in the second half, making just 4-of-17 shots to start the period. CU clung to a 46-43 advantage with 3:13 remaining before a pair of free throws by Briannica Tye and then a breakaway layup plus the foul shot from Davis gave the visitors some breathing room.

Cumberland hit 10-of-13 free throws in the final two minutes, including six straight by Cowan in the last 51.4 seconds, to pull away for the win. CU was 19-fo-24 at the charity stripe for the game, an important part of the game, as UVA-Wise made just 17-for-31 at the foul line, 6-of-15 in the first half.

Tye scored all 11 of her points in the second half for the Bulldogs, including six consecutive points over a three-minute stretch midway through the half. Cumberland played without starters Jessica Pace (injury) and Josette Campbell (sickness) in the contest, a duo that averages almost 23 points and 13 rebounds per outing.

Chelsea Cluesman led the Cavaliers (5-11, 2-5) with 22 points and nine rebounds, including 16 points in the second half. Charlotte Reasor added 13 points and nine boards as well, but Wise was just 3-for-20 from 3-point range, hitting two of those in the final minute of the game.

Both teams started very slowly and the Bulldogs led 8-3 at the first media timeout at 11:54 of the first half, but CU awakened thereafter, including a 10-0 run that forced a timeout by the Cavaliers. TaCouya Allen hit a 3-pointer, Davis followed with a jumper before a trifecta from Tasia Blue and then a layup by Davis, putting the visitors ahead, 20-7, with 8:02 left in the period.

The Bulldogs fell into another lull for about three-and-a-half minutes, but a nice catch and kiss off the glass by Londoe Elie ignited a mini-spurt to end the period, with Davis nailing a long-range 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and driving for a layup before Allen drained a trifecta just as the first half clock expired for a 30-14 advantage at intermission.

Davis netted 11 points for the Bulldogs in the half and Allen added six. Cluesman posted six for Wise, all in the final 3:27, after picking up two quick fouls to start the game.

Cumberland continues its current four-game road swing Saturday at the University of Pikeville at 1 p.m. Central Time. The Bulldogs play next week at Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville University before returning home January 24 to take on Pikeville.